Center for Cultural Innovation
knowledge + networks + financial independence for artists
CENTER FOR CULTURAL INNOVATION promotes KNOWLEDGE SHARING, networking and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants and INCUBATING INNOVATIVE PROJECTS that create new program knowledge, tools and practices for artists in the field.




CCI is Now Hiring!

CCI is seeking a Program Director (Bay Area). This full-time position will be responsible for managing CCI’s Bay Area office, including CCI’s regranting, training, and convening activities as well as funder and artist relations. 

This position also develops and supervises the implementation of CCI’s Bay Area professional development and training programs, including artist training and technical assistance programs as well as CCI’s signature Business of Art and entrepreneurship incubation programs.


Bay Area Artists - Investing in Artist Now Accepting Applications

The 2016 round of the Investing in Artists grant program is now accepting application.  Deadline is July 1, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.


The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Releases Arts Leadership Report

Moving Arts Leadership Forward describes the ways that the arts field needs to support its future leaders, workers, artists, and administrators. CCI is proud to be a partner with the Hewlett Foundation to invest in the development of and opportunities for the inheritors of the field. Read more about the report, here; read more about what Hewlett Foundation and CCI are doing together, here.

An Update from CCI President and CEO Angie Kim: Conducting New Research on What Artists Need Today

I am excited to share that CCI is undertaking a major, national research project, Expanding Investments in Creatives, to understand the current state of support systems for artists and the varied ecosystems in which artists and creatives operate. This study is in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), with funding support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.






Show Me the Money!

If only it were that easy. At CCI, we understand that whether you are well established or just starting out, all artists need access to financial resources.


Investing in Artists


The Investing in Artists grants program was established by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) in 2007 to enhance the working lives and strengthen the creative support system for California artists working in all disciplines. Since that time, with the support of The James Irvine Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CCI has awarded over $2 million to 270 diverse artists working in various disciplines across the state.


Quick Grant Program






The Creative Capacity Fund's Quick Grant Program provides reimbursement funds to nonprofit organizations and individual artists in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area for professional development activities.


California Art Leaders Investment (CALI) Program

CCI is please to announce our continued commitment to arts leaders in California. CALI (formerly Next Gen Arts Grants) provides scholarship up to $1,000 to nonprofit arts administrators to advance their professional skills and showcase their leadership capacity. 



BofA breakout session


Upcoming Workshops

Get your career on track with our Professional Development workshops for artists of all disciplines!



CCI’s signature program, the Business of Art, is designed to enhance the business skills of artists and creative entrepreneurs.

As a Business of Art student, you will learn key skills that will provide you with the knowledge and resources to help advance your art career, develop your ideas, and increase your financial independence. Business of Art workshop sessions are taught by arts and business leaders with both commercial and nonprofit experience. Over eight workshops, you will learn key concepts involved in goal-setting, marketing and self-promotion, money management, legal issues, strategic planning and project financing. In the final session, all students will have the opportunity to receive feedback and insights in small group Cluster Counseling sessions with leading arts and business professionals.


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